Microsoft reports the theft of five iPads from its Mountain View office, all Microsoft equipment left un-stolen.

Thieves broke into Microsoft's Mountain View campus last Wednesday, and stole five iPads, but left all Microsoft-branded products behind according to a police report.

Mountain View is the location of Microsoft's primary research and design facility, so you would expect it to be awash with Windows products, such as the recently released Microsoft Surface tablet and Windows 8-based laptops. However, the canny thief decided to steal only Apple-branded products.

The thief perhaps assumed the Apple-branded products were worth much more on the black market than the Microsoft branded products.

The news was reported in the Daily Post, a Palo Alto local newspaper. It quotes Police Sgt. Sean Thompson who said there were no signs of forced entry from the theft, which was reported on Wednesday.

The iPads were stolen from Microsoft offices and two iPad 2s and two iPad 3s were reported taken. The report also claims that an iPad 4 was stolen, altough oddly the police claimed that model did not exist yet (Apple released it November 2012). 

No Microsoft products were reported stolen.

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